Facebook: 200 million users or more

Amazing news that Facebook –  footage from AllFacebook.comOpens in a new tab. also amazing is that once again, we see information that a few years ago wouldn’t have made it far out of that room, now available on the ‘net.

Facebook should theoretically be crossing the 200 million users level tomorrow based on our estimates but according to Wei Zhu of Facebook, the number could be as high as 280 million. While speaking at a Facebook Tech Talk, Wei Zhu slips and says that the site has 250 million users if not 280 million users (I’ve included the video below). At that point a communications person (I’d assume) jumps in to correct him on the number to 200 million.

200 Million Facebook Users? from Nick O’Neill on Vimeo.

So is Mike Arrington’s suggestion that Facebook is understating their numbers by a huge sum accurate or was his take on it just linkbait? My guess it was linkbait since that’s how they roll and this time, they’ve baited the fish. Nothing like some old fashion speculating on a Friday night!

… deliberate slip, do you think? Or unintentional? I can see Wei Zhu making an error of judgement in the heat of the moment but whoever corrects him should’ve canned the discussion if it was still a secret, no?

Anyway, it was just a quick blogpost, before I head off to Singapore this afternoon. *waves* Oh and I’m still trying to find out about Twitter numbers for Australia. Most likely reputable sources will only say “around 3% of Twitter total” but we’ll see.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

5 thoughts on “Facebook: 200 million users or more

  1. Facebook: 200 million users or more
    Amazing news that Facebook –  footage from AllFacebook.com also amazing.. http://tinyurl.com/dl5scv

  2. 200 million, 300 million, 100 million, 50,000. Who cares what the number is when you consider some people update their Facebook status multiple times a day, others once a week, others once a month, and thousands more are inactive.

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    1. Those statistics are available. 175 million active members – active is updating monthly). 18 million update their facebook status updates daily. I suspect that the 280 million is the inactives or low actives too (less than once a month).
      And -for advertisers and marketers – 4 million become Fans (join fan pages) daily. But only 63 people have joined my Facebook SilkCharm Fan Page so far. 😛
      By the way, given that he was corrected back to 200 million and that the stats are updated every 25 million, I think actives are now 200 mill not 175.

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